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Cauliflower Pizza Crust with Spicy Sauce
An Olive Oil Recipe
- 2 pounds cauliflower florets (riced)
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/3 cup soft goat cheese
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- pinch of salt
- Spicy Sauce
- 1-2 TBSP California Garlic Oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 medium onion, chopped finely
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- Three 15-ounce cans crushed tomatoes
- 1 TBSP brown sugar
- 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Toppings of your choice
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Using a food processor, pulse raw cauliflower florets until you get a texture that looks like rice. Several batches may be needed.
- Put about 1 inch of water in a large pot and bring to a boil. Add the cauliflower rice and cover, cooking for about 4-5 minutes. Drain through a fine-mesh strainer.
- Place the rice in a clean dishtowel, twist it and squeeze very hard until all the moisture is out. If needed, transfer to another dish towel and do it again.
- In a large bowl, mix together the strained rice, beaten egg, goat cheese, and spices. This needs to be well-mixed. It won't look like typical pizza dough but it will hold together.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (very important) and press the dough onto the paper to form the crust. Keep the dough about 1/3-inch thick and a little higher on the edges.
- Bake the crust for 35-40 minutes at 400 degrees. At the end of the baking time, the crust should be firm and golden in color.
- Now, add the sauce, cheese and toppings.
- Sauce and Toppings
- Heat a pan over medium-high heat until hot. Add a TBSP or so of the California Garlic Olive Oil, and stir in the chopped onions and garlic. Cook until the onions are soft, about 4-5 minutes.
- Add the chicken broth, whisking to deglaze the bottom of the pan and cook until the liquid reduces by half.
- Add the crushed tomatoes and stir to combine.
- Add the brown sugar, red pepper flakes and salt and pepper to taste and stir again. Bring to a simmer, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes.
- Let cool and then puree the sauce.
- Add the sauce to the cauliflower pizza dough, add cheese (mozzarella, cheddar, or combination of the two) and any pizza toppings you are fond of (olives, bell peppers, dried tomatoes, fresh basil, cooked crumbled sausage, pepperoni, etc.)
- Return the pizza to the 400 degree oven and bake an additional 5-10 minutes, just until the cheese is hot and bubbly.